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In September, Moscow State University published a Russian translation of the first volume of The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, a six-volume work in which SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and members of the Soka Gakkai study department discuss the various chapters of the Lotus Sutra and their relevance for today’s world.
This publication, which commemorates the 40th anniversary of Mr. Ikeda’s first visit to Russia (the USSR at the time) in September 1974, includes a foreword written by Abdusalam Guseinov, director of the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), and Dr. Margarita Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya, an authority on the study of the Lotus Sutra and a researcher at the RAS Institute of Oriental Manuscripts.
This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of SGI-Russia in May 1994. There are now two chapters; Far East Chapter, which now has a total of four districts in Vladivostok and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, and West Chapter. On September 17, a commemorative general meeting was held in Vladivostok, with SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba visiting from Japan in attendance. Mr. Oba encouraged the members to strive in their Buddhist practice with the awareness that each of them is a pioneer for world peace.
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, a longtime friend of Mr. Ikeda, sent a congratulatory message commending the SGI president’s 40 years of dedicated efforts to engage in dialogue for the sake of peace and deepen friendship between Russia and Japan. Mr. Ikeda has visited Russia a total of six times.
A Russian language version of the SGI official website was also launched in early September, introducing information about SGI and Nichiren Buddhism, as well as dialogues between the SGI President and Russian leaders and intellectuals, and a selection of his lectures and proposals.
[Adapted from articles in the September 8 and 21, 2014, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun and SGI Office of Public Information]
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